Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Improvisations exhibition

Clare Burnett, President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, shows new work in the School of Design.

IMPROVISATIONS is the title of Clare Burnett’s new exhibition which opens on Wednesday 17th February in the School of Design, Clothworkers Central, University of Leeds. The exhibition runs until 13th April.  Open Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm.

“This exhibition questions the ‘stuff’ of contemporary life. I hope it will inspire visitors to think about and pick up the objects and materials around them and play with them.” Clare Burnett (Readers are invited to add their own improvised sculptures to the Instagram hashtag #leedsimpro)

In IMPROVISATIONS, found and adapted items are arranged alongside carefully crafted objects, giving a sense of three-dimensional collage. Chance and improvisation play a key role in these new sculptures and photographs.

The exhibition builds on Clare Burnett’s recent  show, Pink,  in which she explored the question of whether the colour pink could ever be seen as a neutral colour. Here too she played with objects and materials and with Einstein’s idea of ‘combinatory play’ being an ‘essential feature in productive thought’. Burnett’s practice has always been a direct response to a location, issue or visual element of contemporary life. Her sculptures frequently appear in clusters or groups which play with perspective and scale. Integral to these sculptures is her use of colour and how it changes with context.

Clare Burnett is a regular visiting lecturer to the School of Design. Her interest in colour and how we perceive it resonates with much research in the school.

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